Spooky sisters and bitch witches

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Hey ladies it’s the last call to be in our Halloween spectacular blog month.

So if you want to have sex with mythical monsters, have a spooky tale to tell or a spooky tail, or like to picnic in graveyards or want to picnic in graveyards with us. LET US THE HELL KNOW and we can totally put your stuff on our blog. Its the month we’ve been waiting all year for…..watch this space. 

Scream at us here: queenofthetrackzine@gmail.com

Fan Mail Friday !

Happy Friday hyenas ! 

We recently received an AMAZING fan mail letter from the lovely Jade Blood. Jade sent us a copy of her zine Cheese Dreams (zine swap ! is there anything better ?) which explores the experiences of cheese eating before sleep. We loved it.







SO great ! Thank you, Jade !

Also arriving to us this week was a zine sent to us by the Glasgow Women’s Library - the amazing Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur ! This queer feminist zine is a collaboration between LGBT Youth Scotland and the Glasgow Women’s Library - we couldn’t love this more !





We adored all our fan mail this week, and we LOVE receiving letters in the post ! If you’ve got any packages or love letters to send us, don’t forget you totally can ! Here is our address -

Queen of the Track
Unit 3
Vauxhall Business Centre
131 Vauxhall Road
Liverpool
L3 6BN UK

Huge Friday Hyena Love ! xxx

We have a neeeeew stockist!

Queen of the Track went to Manchester last week, and hung out at Travelling Man comics shop. Their motto is that buying your first comic should be as easy as buying your millionth, and it’s true, the staff are lovely, and there are none of the girl-in-a-comic-shop -death-stares that we’re all unfortunately familiar with. The shop is bright and friendly, and jam packed with amazing stuff. 

We got chatting to Haroon and he agreed to stock QOTT, and we’re super pleased to be supported by such NICE PEOPLE, and not only can you buy QOTT in Manc, but there are also some awesome plans cooking for next International Women’s Day. RAAAAAAAD.

While we were in Manc we also went to the Salford Zine Library: 

We also got tights at the Aflex Palace and hung out with a giant rat. 

and in other news…..

We went to John Moores painting prize short lister Rose Wylie’s talk at the Walker- which was amazing. Love love love her work, and frank and funny talk.

Went to the Between the Borders summer party, heard some incredible musicians, and saw this art work, made of origami cranes and a disco ball

We also went to the BelleVale  park party saw a giant inflatable house by artist Ailie Rutherford

and watched a 100 year old woman cut a ribbon

and that’s it. Although hang out for news of our Halloween spectacular…

WEEKLY ROUND UP

This week in media land there’s been quite a bit for us at QOTT to get our teeth into.
For starters we had the #FeministAreUgly hash-tag, with its subsequent feminist ‘that’s not true’ selfie backlash, and our ‘actually, this is besides the point’ hypothesis.

Anyway you can read more about what happened here and make up your own mind on the issue.

Then there was a pretty eye-opening video on Gendered Marketing, where we become aware of marketing trickery and how we’re spending more money for stuff depending on the layout of our nether regions… whuuuut?!

Crazy.

After our zine workshop at Heroine fest last month we’ve found ourselves obsessing over all things collage. In our findings we came across this Fan Grrrl who makes some pretty sweet collage’s, like this ode to a Girl Gang.

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Her name is Dani and you can find more of her work right here.

On a last note, I’d like to direct you to a song pretty high on my play list this week. ‘Girls’ by Baltimore based producer Mighty Mark, (AFKA Murder Mark) - from the 'Mighty Ep' («EP LINK) - a showcase to the Bmore Club sound, and here’s a re-mix which is still pretty cool.. 
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HYENA OUT.

Between the Borders Summer Party

Here’s a post from Grace Harrison of Between the Borders- there’s an invite to their summer party, and later today we’ll be adding copies of the BB zine to our shop where you can get it for free- paying only the postage it takes to get it to your door. We’ve had to list  the price as £1.00 (as Big Cartel won’t let us list a zero price) but the postage will come up as free. Rest assured the zine is free and the postage is £1.00

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Many of us in Between the Borders believe in the political potential of creative practice. For us, self-publishing, articulating your own truth and becoming the media, is a very powerful act.

 Between the Borders have been coming together since 2012 to imagine ways of working towards improving the experiences of asylum seekers and new migrants in Liverpool. We are a group of people with and without citizenship in the UK and hailing from many different places. We meet to learn from one another, exchange and develop ideas, support each other in producing written work and other forms of cultural articulation. We seek to encourage cross-cultural engagement and challenge our own and other peoples preconceptions and misinformation.

In the face of rising nationalism across Europe  and the increase of anti-immigrant rhetoric, we wanted to create a space for another narrative to come through.  It’s a sad reality of most economic downturns, which are; in fact fundamental to the cycle of capitalism- the most powerless and vulnerable become instrumentalised as scapegoats. Whether that’s immigrants, disabled people or those on benefits, they all take the blame for where society’s money is being “wasted”, which is grossly incorrect.

Over the last few months we have been working together and with support from many others, including QOTT, to produce a 40 page riso-print zine. We distributed 2000 free copies all over Liverpool in the week proceeding National refugee week which was the 16th- 23rd June

On the 16th of August, Between the Borders are hosting and all-day summer party (starting at 2pm) to celebrate what we have already done, and to raise a bit of money for the things we hope to do in the future!

We see the party itself as another platform for diverse creative work and will be joined on the day by many brilliant musicians who now reside in Liverpool. Several of the musicians are themselves from refugee and migrant backgrounds; such as the brilliant choir from MAMA (Migrant Artist Mutual Aid https://www.facebook.com/pages/Migrant-Artists-Mutual-Aid/373484552680713)  MAMA will also be preparing some delicious food, which will help them raise funds to continue their amazing work. Music and food is free to everyone that day; this really will be a celebration!

The Liverpool Zine Co-op, which both Queen of the Track and Between the Borders support, will be running a stall throughout the day. Distributing a great selection of local publications and members reprinted favorites.

 Between the Borders: Episode 2, can now be read online: http://issuu.com/betweentheborderszine/docs/between_the_borders_episode__2_2014) and a copy can be delivered to your door with just the cost of postage with the help of QOTT from their on-line shop. 

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HeroineFest

Our zine mates Heroine organised their own festival as part of the Flux celebrations, and asked QOTT to do a workshop. Those grrls are on fire! QOTT decided to offer a mini-zine workshop:

We love sticking and cutting, and the discussions that take place as people craft their zines. And some beautiful zines were created:

GLITTER, GLUE and DIY love, and Freida the Feminist Cat

We learnt How To Be A Tree And Other Plants (watch out for pesky vegans)

and of course a zine about zines

We also met Chapess IRL and bought extra copies of their very enviable zine

After our own workshop we looked at books from Liverpool’s all female co-op News From Nowhere, and went to an amazing Period Positive talk and craft session with Chella Quint, comedian, researcher and Tedex hero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kce4VxEgTAM

Chella cuts through any shame about leaking blood through your knickers, and kicks the ass of advertising bullshit, while highlighting re-useable period products, like QOTT favourite the holy MOONCUP . 

AND WHILE ALL THIS WAS GOING ON WHERE WAS LESTRANGE? (one third of the QOTT team) The creepy one was at HyperJapan, and is drafting her write up as we speak, did she get a free wig? eat vegan sushi, and pick up extra Japanese vocab? we’re not sure, but like you we’re waiting to find out…

 

Sunday Round-Up !

Happy Sunday hyenas ! Are you ready to check out whats been happening in the world this week ?

Often, its difficult to remain optimistic in the face of all the negativity of the week just gone. However, here at QOTT, we don’t want you guys to feel like it’s all doom and gloom. What better way to do this than to talk about the completely hilarious, merciless trolling of Robin Thicke over on twitter this week. King of Sleaze Thicke’s PR team decided it’d be a fantastic idea to set up a Q&A session on the VH1 Twitter page, where users could ask any question they liked using the hashtag #AskThicke. 

The response was as amazing as you’re anticipating it to be. Here are some of our favourites !

AMAZING ! 

Our witches Flis and Hank are checking out the celebrations for the opening weekend of Liverpool 2014 Biennial, over at The Black-E this evening ! Word has it they’re particularly excited for the performance by CHRISTEENE, an artist who infuses rap and vile shamelessness into super stylised music videos and destructive choreography.  

Reports from live shows describe scenes involving butt plugs tied to bouquets of balloons being released into the air from CHRISTEENE’s arse, intimate and bizarre confessionals over tea, backup boys in handmade Panda masks urinating on canvas sacks containing the singer, and a DIY anti-fashion wardrobe styled from the forgotten scraps of society.” Sounds amazing, right ? Keep your eyes peeled for a blog update to commemorate this experience later on this week !


Always ran this awesome ad this week, which quickly went viral across social networking sites. Using the hashtag #LikeAGirl, Always encourages everyone to think about normalised sexist language, and who it really hurts. It’s pretty powerful, check it out.


Speaking of fighting like a girl, who else was beside themselves at the revival of Sailor Moon this weekend with the first new series since 1996, titled Sailor Moon Crystal ?! Kawaii feminist hero for girls of all ages, Serena returns to screens, featuring a completely new opening theme highlighting how this team of justice-defending Sailor Scouts are smashing tropes with the lyrics “We are not helpless girls who need mens protection”. Pretty great for any little girl (or boy) to be watching, right ?  


The Sun once again reared its ugly head this week with it’s so-called “investigation” into partying in Magaluf - aka a giant article that bullies and shames girls exclusively with absolutely no regard for the consequences of publishing them in a national newspaper. This was a particularly horrible feature, even for The Sun, but it did spark these two fantastic articles which are defiantly worth a read : Beware the Stark Warning to Women by Guardian journalist Holly Baxter and Magaluf Girl by everydayvictimblaming.com user seja75

Finally, ever wanted an amazing knitted hat with the words “feminist killjoy” worked into it ? Well then your prayers have been answered. Ravelry store Feminist Fibres currently have a ton of amazing patterns up for sale, so you can knit one of your very own. I’m having trouble choosing between these two, personally.

The Biennial Schedule- don’t be confused!

We love love love the Biennial, and really how could you not? The whole of Liverpool turns into an art party for the weekend, followed by months of artist talks, events and other delights. We’re also ultra eager to see what new director and QOTT hero Sally Tallant has done with the Biennial. So here it is don’t be confused- do go to everything! Have fun people- IT’S HERE!

OPENING PROGRAMME
Press & Professional Previews
Thursday 3 July
10am-6pm Exhibition venues open for Professional Previews
The Old Blind School, FACT, the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool
10am-6pm Registration open
The Old Blind School, 24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX
11.00am, 12.30pm Dazzle Ship: Tours of the Edmund Gardner
2.30pm Canning Graving Dock, Liverpool Waterfront


Friday 4 July
10am-9pm Exhibition venues open for Professional Previews
The Old Blind School, FACT, the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool
10am-9pm Registration open
The Old Blind School, 24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX
11.30am-12.30pm The Business of Art: An event hosted by Arts Council England,
BBC and LARC / Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront
3pm Official Opening Speeches by Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool,
and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England
The Everyman, 5-11 Hope Street, L1 9BH
4pm Group Show Private View
The Old Blind School, 24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX
4.30pm Adrian Henri Exhibition Private View
LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre, John Lennon School of Art &
Design, Duckinfield Street, L3 5RD
5pm Sharon Lockhart Private View (Young People are especially
welcome)
FACT, 88 Wood Street, L1 4DQ
6pm John Moores Painting Prize Private View
Walker Art Gallery, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EL
6-8pm Not All Documents Are Records Private View
Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, L3 1BP
7pm James McNeill Whistler Private View
the Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
9pm Opening Party
Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street
Open to the Public


Saturday 5 July
10am-6pm All venues open to the public
The Old Blind School, FACT, the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Walker
Art Gallery, Open Eye Gallery (10.30am – 5.30pm), LJMU’s
Exhibition Research Centre
10.30am AICA Critics’ Forum
the Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
12.00pm Margaret MacDonald Talk on James McNeill Whistler
the Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
1-4pm Artist Talks hosted by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman
Liverpool Medical Institution, 114 Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR
2.30pm Curator Tour of Adrian Henri exhibition with Catherine Marcangeli
LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre, Duckinfield Street, L3 5RD
7.30pm Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial by Michael Nyman
Liverpool Cathedral, St. James Mount, L1 7AZ
£10 / Tickets available from www.liverpoolphil.com
Sunday 6 July
10am-6pm All venues open to the public
The Old Blind School, FACT, the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Walker
Art Gallery, Open Eye Gallery (10.30am – 5.30pm), LJMU’s
Exhibition Research Centre
11.45am Brunch and Artist Talk
Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, L3 1BP
£10/£8 cons, booking essential
2.30pm Curator Tour of Adrian Henri exhibition with Catherine Marcangeli
LJMU’s Exhibition Research Centre, Duckinfield Street, L3 5RD
Please check www.biennial.com for advice on accommodation.

Sunday Round-Up !

This week, we heard the news that human rights activist and MAMA member Naome Kakunguwo had been detained at Yarl’s Wood after being issued with removal directions. She was taken away from her family, given no time to make any arrangements or even say goodbye to her grandchildren and daughter, and was set to be flown out of the country just a few days later. Illegally, Naome was denied access to legal representation. 

Naome’s friends at MAMA quickly launched the All Grans Matter campaign (https://www.facebook.com/groups/300930176741724/?fref=ts), encouraging people to take to social media platforms and raise the profile of her case. After a tense 48 hours, we heard the amazing news that Naome’s removal directions had been cancelled and she had been returned safely to her family, where she belongs ! 

We were all overjoyed for the women at MAMA and for Naome herself at hearing this incredible news. 

On Saturday, Flis and I visited MAMA in the International Slavery Museum to join in their banner making workshop, and see their choir perform - which was moving and inspirational, as always ! 

We also had the opportunity to join in the All Grans Matter campaign by being invited to write about our own grandmothers, and remember why the are such important members of our families.

You can join the All Grans Matter page on Facebook, and submit your own photos for the campaign. 

This week was Cephalopod week (http://oceana.org/en/blog/2014/06/photos-happy-cephalopod-week) ! Cephalopods are awesome, sea-dwelling creatures whose family includes squid, octopus and cuttlefish. At QOTT, we love these creepy cuties and all the awesome things they can do - check out this gnarly Mimic Octopus !

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Hank sent us this amazing spoken word piece by the amazing Dominique Christina entitled “The Period Poem”, inspired by a display of incredible douchebaggery on Twitter. Check it out. 

We’re loving the work of feminist graffiti artist Starchild Stela this week. You can read this rad interview with her over at jessicapabon.com or even get yourselves some of her stickers from her store

Finally, all claws over at QOTT HQ have been hella fluro this week, we have ALL been loving the magic of neon nail polishes. Slime green is my current personal favourite.

Update: Celebration! All Grans Matter Victory!

Naome Kakungguwo has had her directions for removal cancelled, so she’s coming back, safe where she belongs, straight into the centre of her family and her community.

Thanks you to everyone who helped  by sharing and writing. You can keep up with MAMA through their fb page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Migrant-Artists-Mutual-Aid/373484552680713?fref=ts